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About ESN’s Newsletter

ESN’s e-newsletter informs the reader about updates related to ESN respite bed sites, news and resources for people experiencing homelessness in NYC, as well as training opportunities for shelter volunteers, reaching 20,000 religious leaders and faith community partners.

About NYDIS House of Worship Alert (HOWalert)

NYDIS House of Worship Alert (HOWalert) is a free emergency notification system for all NYC religious leaders. Only used during emergencies and two optional annual exercises, HOWalert sends emergency information to registrants by text, email or voice messages.

NYC religious leaders are notified about life threatening or urgent crisis management incidents that should be rapidly shared with their congregants, clients or staff. The system can be used for two-way communication: religious leaders can request damage reports from their community to assess where help is needed or submit requests for help themselves during an unfolding public health emergency or disaster. All information submitted is kept STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

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